Botanizing Walks & Hikes

Christmas fern, GGardner

Let’s go for a walk …

With encouraging signs that Covid-19 is under better control, we are cautiously opening our walk season with 2 different walk experiences, both with strictly limited participation. Our priority continues to be for the safety of our members, volunteers and friends. Therefore, participants will be required to wear a mask and follow CDC Covid guidelines for distancing.

• Wild Things: Family Walk Series requires that you complete a form expressing your interest in participating in these customized adventures.

• Walking Workshops in Winnisimet Woods requires our usual form of registration.

Both are free, although a donation to support these kinds of programs is appreciated.  Donate

As with all our walks, sturdy footwear, clothing appropriate for the weather and for protection against sun exposure, ticks and other insects, briers, tree root etc. as well as a sufficient supply of water and nourishment are essential.  Dogs are not permitted.

Walking Workshops in Winnisimet Woods, Tiverton

open to RIWPS members

Join Garry Plunkett on a leisurely walk for RIWPS members through his varied micro-habitats and learn from his 30-year, oxymoronic quest to “create nature.” Wander with Garry through his meadow, old field, pond, mini-marsh, and woodland, while he shares an enduring attempt to manipulate natural succession. The workshop is scheduled to enjoy spring wildflowers while learning about creating, sustaining, and enjoying backyard habitats. The program will be entirely outdoors in small groups, and the discussion generated by questions from visitors and their interests.

This walk workshop will be held twice on May 20, at 9 a.m and then again at 1 p.m.  Each session is limited to 7 people.

Link to the morning session and registration form

Link to the afternoon session and registration form

Wild Things – Family Walk Series

open to the public

Here in Rhode Island and all over the world, natural habitats are shrinking, species are disappearing and our environment is clearly at risk. What can we do to help reverse the damage and ensure a more sustainable future?

If you share our belief that kids are the key to change and you’d like to get your kids or grandchildren out exploring the natural environment, we’re offering a new program of family walks. The goal is to spark or enhance an informed interest in healthy habitats and ecosystems.

With the guidance of naturalist Nathan Lamb, children and adults participating in these family walks will explore the interdependence of native trees, plants, insects and birds. Each walk will feature observations and hands-on activities of nature’s own “best practices,” some of which we can apply to our own backyards to make them more sustainable and wildlife-friendly.

Inspired by the work of Douglas Tallamy in his books Nature’s Best Hope and The Nature of Oaks, this program will focus on the functions of keystone species like the oak, both in the wild and in our cultivated landscapes.

Along with other native species, the oaks will provide much to explore, from the shape of their leaves and the insects they host, to their interactions with fungi and root systems.

Space is very limited. Each walk will be arranged for to 2 to 3 families per walk. The material covered will be aimed at children roughly 8 to 12 years old.

If you are interested in this walk series, please complete the information in the form below. 

The first walk will be at Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge, South Kingstown, in April.  We will contact you about the date and time.

Wild Things - Family Walk Information Sheet

The information will be used to help us arrange each walk in this series.
  • For the moment we are focused on April, May and June

See our All Programs Page for a listing of all our programs including our botanizing walks.